Cesare, Cougars Cruise Past FDU-Florham, 11-2

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UNION – Senior southpaw Nick Cesare (South Plainfield) went the distance as Kean used the longball to defeat FDU College at Florham, 11-2, Tuesday afternoon in a misty Jim Hynes Stadium.

Cesare (3-0) allowed just four singles while striking out seven and walking two to help the #6/7 Cougars improve to 10-4. Sophomore Matt Mizerek (Matawan) suffered the loss for FDU-Florham. He fell to 2-2 as he allowed six runs on six hits in six innings of work.

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The Cougars opened the scoring in their half of the third as freshman Steve Nappe (Edison) led off the inning with a double. After a successful sacrifice by catcher Eddie Jennings (Jackson) moved him to third, sophomore Ryan Gibbons (Glen Rock) grounded out to record the game’s first run. After back-to-back singles by Dylan Laguna (Edison) and Dave Zavistoski (Edison, N.J.), senior Mike Moceri (Yardville) launched his third homerun of the season to put Kean ahead 4-0.

Trailing 5-0, the Devils (8-3) got on the board with two runs in the fifth. With two outs, FDU-Florham recorded back-to-back singles and moved the runners to second and third with a double steal. Senior Chris Baldino (Old Bridge) drove them home with a two RBI single to right-center.

That would be the only runs that Cesare would give up, allowing just one walk the rest of the way.

Lee Cavico

Offensively sophomore Lee Cavico (North Brunswick) was 2-for-3 with a homerun and two runs scored while junior Nick Nolan (Linden) was 1-for-4 with a two run shot. Freshman Sean Kelly (North Bergen) came up with a two RBI pinch-hit single, while Jennings was 2-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice.

Kean heads to play Farmingdale State College on today at 3:30 p.m.


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